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  • Tuesday, June 15, 2021
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    David Byrne talks with hip-hop artist Open Mike Eagle on Fuse, a podcast from Bomb magazine. "Your music has been in my life for a very long time," Eagle says. "One of my earliest musical memories, when I was like five or six years old ... I think it’s like the second song I ever remember hearing was 'Burning Down the House' ... And, you know, 'Once in a Lifetime' is literally one of my favorite songs ever. Like if I were to make an objective top ten list, that song would be on there." You can hear their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Podcast
  • Monday, June 14, 2021
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    Stars in the House, the live-streamed series led by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley to benefit The Actors Fund, hosted the stars of the original 2005 Broadway production of Adam Guettel's The Light in the Piazza on Friday, and a 20th anniversary celebration of the 2001 Actors Fund benefit concert performance of Dreamgirls, of which Rudetsky was the musical director, on Saturday. You can watch both here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Video
  • Friday, June 11, 2021
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    Brad Mehldau’s Variations on a Melancholy Theme is out now. The recording features the pianist/composer and Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, which commissioned this orchestral version of the work—a theme and eleven variations plus a cadenza and postlude. The album also includes an encore, “Variations ‘X’ and ‘Y.'" "I imagine it as if Brahms woke up one day and had the blues," Mehldau says of the piece, which combines the classical form with jazz harmonies. "While the theme evokes melancholy, I let it be used as a springboard for other happy, wild, violent, and reckless emotions as the variations progress." You can watch a video for Variation 4 here.

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Friday, June 11, 2021
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    Rhiannon Giddens’ new album, They're Calling Me Home, recorded with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, released earlier this year on CD and digital, is now on vinyl. Giddens and Turrisi, who both live in Ireland when they aren’t on tour, have been there since March 2020 due to the pandemic. The two expats found themselves drawn to the music of their native and adoptive countries of America, Italy, and Ireland during lockdown. Exploring the emotions brought up by the moment, Giddens and Turrisi decamped to Hellfire, a small studio on a working farm outside of Dublin, to record these songs over six days. 

    Journal Topics: Album Release Artist News
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
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    The Magnetic Fields’ City Winery residency, originally scheduled for spring 2020 to celebrate their new album Quickies, has been rescheduled for October and November 2021. The band will perform at intimate City Winery venues in seven cities—Atlanta, Chicago, Nashville, Boston, New York, Washington, and Philadelphia. In addition to Quickies, the band will perform a wide variety of songs spanning their 30+ year career, including from the album 69 Love Songs.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Wednesday, June 9, 2021
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    Nonesuch Records label mates Joachim Cooder and Sam Amidon will tour England together this November around their EFG London Jazz Festival concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall on November 12. The ten-day tour includes shows in Bexhill, Bury St Edmunds, Bristol, Basingstoke, Birmingham, Leeds, and Manchester. Amidon will be coming to the US to join The Weather Station on its East Coast tour in early 2021, with shows in Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, DC, and Carrboro, North Carolina.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021
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    Chris Thile was on NPR's Here & Now, from WBUR in Boston, to talk with host Robin Young about his new solo album, Laysongs—six original songs and three covers that contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality. "If I have a religion now, it's trying to keep my ears wide open to the human beings that I encounter," Thile tells Young. "I worry that we as human beings have a tendency to find people who think and act and look like we do and we pod up ... I don't think that we're ever going to change someone's mind if we're not willing to be changed." You can hear their conversation here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Radio
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021
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    Chris Thile celebrates last week's Nonesuch release of Laysongs, his first truly solo album, with a US tour that includes a handful dates this summer—at Telluride Bluegrass Festival this week and along the East Coast in the coming months—and many more in the fall, starting in the Midwest, heading next to New England and New York, then down to the Southeast. 

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021
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    Carnegie Hall has announced its 2021–22 concert season, sharing plans to reopen its landmark concert venue to the general public in October, and among the performers taking the esteemed hall's stages are Sō Percussion with Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert Kalish, and Kronos Quartet; as well as Youssou N'Dour. The season also features works by composers including Caroline Shaw, John Adams, Nico Muhly, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Michael Gordon.

    Journal Topics: Artist News On Tour
  • Tuesday, June 8, 2021
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    Laurie Anderson is the host of Awaken, a new podcast from the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC about the path to enlightenment and what it means to "wake up." The series' ten episodes dive into the personal stories of guests who share how they’ve experienced a shift in their awareness, and as a result, their perspective on life. You can hear the first two episodes here.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Podcast
  • Monday, June 7, 2021
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    Chris Thile was on WNYC's All of It with Alison Stewart on Friday, the release day for his new solo album, Laysongs, to share some songs from the album and the stories behind them for an All of It Listening Party. You can hear their conversation here. Laysongs is Thile's first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Podcast Radio
  • Monday, June 7, 2021
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    Emmylou Harris and Mary Chapin Carpenter came together to pay tribute to Kennedy Center Honoree Joan Baez, performing a medley of "Diamonds & Rust," "God Is God," and "We Shall Overcome," at the 43rd annual Kennedy Center Honors, which aired on CBS last night. You can watch their performance here. You can watch Rhiannon Giddens perform "Silver Dagger" with Dirk Powell as part of the complete Kennedy Center Honors special on CBS.com and Paramount+.

    Journal Topics: Artist News Television Video

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